WHAT TO COLLECT #16. AVERY SINGER

“I feel incredibly free when I have an art idea. Being an artist is almost like, a pursuit of this feeling of freedom. I love that feeling. I live for that.” – Avery Singer Avery Singer was born in 1987 in New York, where she continues to live and work. Painting almost exclusively in tones of black and white, Singer’s canvases teeter between abstraction and figuration. Employing the 3D-modeling software, Google SketchUp, to create an under-drawing, Singer applies acrylic paint to the canvas via an airbrush, creating images that are both digital and analog. The artist’s conceptual considerations are bolstered…

Five artists under 50 who are rising up the auction rankings

Five artists under 50 who are rising up the auction rankings: Image copyright GETTY IMAGES Image caption The Sick Leaves by Cecily Brown ▪ Cecily Brown – a London-born artist whose works fetched $14.8m last year – up from $613,000 in 2016. Image copyright GETTY IMAGES Image caption A la Warhol by Njideka Akunyili Crosby ▪ Njideka Akunyili Crosby – the record price for a work by this Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist, who is in her 30s, reached $3.4m this month. Image copyright GETTY IMAGES Image caption Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was nominated for the 2013 Turner Prize ▪ Lynette Yiadom-Boakye –…

How Not to Be Seen by Hito Steyerl

The German artist Hito Steyerl addresses the way digital images are created, shared and archived. Her film How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational (2013) takes the form of an instructional video which flips playfully between ‘real world’ footage and digital recreations. Inspired by Monty Python, the work balances critique and humor, showing how ‘not being seen’ has both oppressive and liberating possibilities. Steyerl works across video and installation as well as delivering performative lectures. She appears in this work as a performer, making herself visible to us, in contrast to the conventional invisibility of the artist, seen…

WHAT TO COLLECT #15. ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA

Born 1969 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She lives and works in Berlin and Almaty. Artist Statement “My educational background is in the Soviet Russian, avant-garde school of Futurism, which I combine with the nomadic aesthetic of post-Soviet, contemporary Kazakhstan that I have been exploring in recent years through photographic and video work. I use specific modes of expression in modern and contemporary art as a vehicle to investigate my personal archaic atavism as a certain mystical anthropomorphism. In other words, I explore the nature of a specific Egregore, a shared cultural psychic experience, which manifests itself as a specific form of…

WHAT TO COLLECT #14 . GUDA KOSTER

Guda Koster is a Dutch artist who creates living sculptures and performances, which the photographs are the results of. Koster’s works are created in parallels of time, space and textile.In her works Koster uses fabrics, colours and patterns that underline the codes and meanings our clothing conveys How would you describe your works? I make installations, sculptures and photographs in which clothing plays an important part. Clothing doesn’t just have a function but also conveys a message. In our everyday lives we communicate identity and social position primarily by means of our clothing. Clothing can be seen as a visual…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 13. NAUM GABO

Naum Gabo, original name Naum Neemia Pevsner (born August 5, 1890, Bryansk, Russia—died August 23, 1977, Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.), pioneering Constructivist sculptor who used materials such as glass, plastic, and metal and created a sense of spatial movement in his work. Gabo studied medicine and natural science, then philosophy and art history, at the University of Munich in Germany; he also took engineering classes at the Technical University in Munich. In 1913 he walked from Munich to Florence and Venice, viewing many works of art and architecture along the way. Early in his life he changed his name to Gabo…

WHAT TO COLLECT #12. Lisa Kellner

Lisa Kellner has created and installed room-sized installations and two-dimensional works throughout the United States since 2006. Her work has been exhibited at the Bellevue Arts Museum (WA), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NY), the Brooklyn Arts Council (NY) and the Weatherspoon Museum (NC), among others.  Also, Lisa has worked with galleries including Ascent Contemporary (NY), Project 4 (DC), BravinLee Projects (NY) and JoAnne Artman (LA).  Lisa’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Sculpture Magazine among others.  Lisa created site-responsive installations at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (FL), the Center for Maine Contemporary…

WHAT TO COLLECT #11. Marina De Caro

Born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina Body, behaviour and space; intuition, sensitivity and perception; experience and knowledge: these are the key words of Marina De Caro’s work. De Caro develops her poetics from the field of drawing towards the realms of sculpture and performance. Her spatial and action-based works often incorporate soft wearable sculptures especially designed to invite the viewer/performer to experience an unpredictable regard on the everyday, on bodily and social behavior and norms. In her drawings and experiences, De Caro disrupts the given, abruptly. A most refined and irreverent master…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 10. LIONEL SMIT.

Today I went trough the exhibition of Emerging and Established Artist Lionel Smit at the museum of Contemporary art in North Miami Beach. Lionel Smit was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1982. He creates monumental portraiture works on canvas, sculpture, silkscreen, video and public installations. Smit’s work has been exhibited locally and internationally in prestigious galleries, art fairs and public spaces. These include a solo exhibition at the Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki and various public sculptures of his being featured in the USA including Union Square, New York City. Smit’s painting, Kholiswa, received the Viewer’s Choice Award as part…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 9. Chris Ofili ART

Chris Ofili is renowned internationally for his richly layered works that combine imagery and influences from sources as divergent as comic books, hiphop, Zimbabwean cave paintings, Biblical scenes, and 1970s-era Blaxploitation films. Since moving to Trinidad in the mid-2000s, Ofili has looked increasingly to the Trinidadian landscape and mythology in order to further reflect upon his long-term consideration of history and identity. His most recent paintings have been animated by figures and scenes from folkloric myths and arguably revisit and revise tropes of modernist painting by artists such as Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin. Since Ofili’s earliest paintings he has…

The Woman Behind the First Photography Gallery

Helen Gee risked everything to open Limelight in 1954, selling prints by Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, and Robert Frank for less than fifty dollars each. Her tell-all memoir, Helen Gee: Limelight, a Greenwich Village Photography Gallery and Coffeehouse in the Fifties, is now available from Aperture as an e-book. Here, Denise Bethel’s introduction offers a preview of the late Gee’s story. Arthur Lavine, Helen Gee, ca. 1954–1960 Courtesy Gary Schneider Dear Helen, I am writing to let you know that, sixty years on, some of the questions are still the same: who succeeds as a photographer? And, whose photographs sell?…

THE ART MARKET 2018

The Art Market 2018: Global art market up 12% to USD 63.7 billion, after two years of decline, with mixed performances across sectors Art Basel and UBS today published the second edition of the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report. Written by renowned cultural economist Dr Clare McAndrew, Founder of Arts Economics, The Art Market 2018 presents the results of a comprehensive and macro-level analysis of the global art market in 2017. Last year, the global art market grew by 12%, reaching an estimated USD 63.7 billion, with the United States retaining its position as the largest market…

WHAT TO COLLECT #8 Donald Judd

One of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, the radical ideas, and work of Donald Judd continue to provoke and influence the fields of art, architecture, and design. Born Donald Clarence Judd on June 3, 1928, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, he served in the United States Army from June 1946 until November 1947. Before he transitioned to work in three dimensions, Judd began as a painter and an art critic, having studied philosophy and art history at Columbia University and painting at the Art Students League. He developed his idea of the permanent installation of his work and…

Galleries you need to explore during an Art Basel Hong Kong

TANG CONTEMPORARY ART 10/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong https://www.tangcontemporary.com/ PARA SITE ART SPACE Set up in 1996 and for many years the city’s only name in contemporary art, Para Site is still a proud voice in Hong Kong’s independent art scene. • 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay http://www.para-site.org.hk/ GALLERY EXIT Opened in 2008 to provide an exhibition space for emerging Hong Kong artists, with an emphasis on edgy, conceptual art. • 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Hong Kong http://www.galleryexit.com/ M+ PAVILION The first completed portion of the West Kowloon…